Opioids, Heroin, and Youth Ministry

Ignorance is No Longer an Excuse the Church Can Hide Behind

I know addiction. And recovery. Because I’ve suffered and survived both. But I could have just as easily been another statistic with people mourning over my casket murmuring, “How didn’t we know?” So as I listen to the rise in recent news coverage about America’s growing opioid and heroin epidemic, I must raise a question, “How effective is the Church at responding to this crisis?”

Timothy Eldred | Opioids, Heroin, and Your Youth Group

Statistically, there’s not a kid in your youth group who isn’t aware of a friend using drugs. And don’t be so naïve as to pretend there aren’t teens in your church using or abusing. Youth group members were some of my best customers—I made more money on Wednesday nights than I did on weekends. And while I’m pretty sure people had suspicions about my behavior, no one ever confronted me. Or came alongside in support. Because it was easier to turn a blind eye—and it still is today.

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Treat Problems. Not Symptoms.

Loneliness Is Not a Condition that Can Be Ignored

I have allergies. And they make me miserable. Spring. Summer. And fall. A runny nose. Scratchy throat. And watery eyes. But these are only the effects—not the cause. To get rid of my symptoms, I must deal with the real problem.

 

Allergy symptoms are easy to spot. But not all human conditions are simple to see. If they were, we’d never wait until it was too late. We’d find a remedy and be rid of the reason once and for all.

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Too Much Rhetoric. Not Enough Reflection.

Do we need to keep our opinions to ourselves slightly longer?

Social media has become a dumping ground for us to post problems, opinions, and points of view before contemplation or consideration have taken place. But does the ability to rant for an online audience at the push of button provoke anxiety more than a promote tranquility? Chaos instead of calm? There’s too much rhetoric without reflection being belched into the world.

Timothy Eldred | Rhetoric Without Reflection

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Pondering Before Pontificating

The last thing I do before walking out the door in the morning is to put on my hearing aid. Life and loud noise have left me with only 40% hearing in my right ear. But this little device helps by eliminating background noises and elevating essential sounds and voices. Hearing loss has become a blessing causing me to listen more and speak less. Ask more questions and offer fewer opinions. But I can’t solely depend on technology. I still have pay attention.

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